Text: H.R.2270 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/06/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2270


To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the establishment of a compensation fund to make payments to qualified World War II veterans on the basis of certain qualifying service.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 6, 2009

Mr. Buyer (for himself, Mr. Walz, and Ms. Herseth Sandlin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the establishment of a compensation fund to make payments to qualified World War II veterans on the basis of certain qualifying service.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Benefits for Qualified World War II Veterans Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Benefits for qualified World War II veterans.

(a) Establishment of Compensation Fund.—Subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 532. Qualified World War II Veterans Equity Compensation Fund

“(a) Compensation Fund.—(1) There is in the general fund of the Treasury a fund to be known as the ‘Qualified World War II Veterans Equity Compensation Fund’ (in this section referred to as the ‘compensation fund’).

“(2) Subject to the availability of appropriations for such purpose, amounts in the compensation fund shall be available to the Secretary without fiscal year limitation to make payments to eligible individuals in accordance with this section.

“(b) Eligible Individuals.—(1) An eligible individual is an individual who—

“(A) during the 1-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of the Benefits for Qualified World War II Veterans Act of 2009, submits to the Secretary an application containing such information and assurances as the Secretary may require;

“(B) has not received benefits under the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (Public Law 78–346); and

“(C) has engaged in qualified service.

“(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), a person has engaged in qualified service if the service of the person has been determined to have been active duty service pursuant to section 1401 of the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977 (38 U.S.C. 106 note).

“(c) Amount of Payments.—The Secretary shall make a monthly payment out of the compensation fund in the amount of $1,000 to an eligible individual. The Secretary shall make such payments to eligible individuals in the order in which the Secretary receives the applications of the eligible individuals.

“(d) Authorization of Appropriations.—(1) There are authorized to be appropriated to the compensation fund such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

“(2) Funds appropriated to carry out this section shall remain available until expended.

“(e) Reports.—The Secretary shall include, in documents submitted to Congress by the Secretary in support of the President’s budget for each fiscal year, detailed information on the operation of the compensation fund, including the number of applicants, the number of eligible individuals receiving benefits, the amounts paid out of the compensation fund, the administration of the compensation fund, and an estimate of the amounts necessary to fully fund the compensation fund for that fiscal year and each of the three subsequent fiscal years.

“(f) Regulations.—The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section.”.

(b) Regulations.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prescribe the regulations required under section 532(f) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).

(c) Clerical Amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item related to section 531 the following new item:


“532. Qualified World War II Veterans Equity Compensation Fund.”.


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